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Boston Jane: An Adventure (Boston Jane #1)

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Fans of adventure, romance, and a strong heroine will love this this action-packed historical trilogy by three-time Newbery Honor winner andNew York Timesbestselling author Jennifer L. Holm.

1855. The unknown wilds of the Pacific Northwest—a land not yet tamed, and certainly not fitting for a proper young lady! Yet that’s just where Miss Jane Peck finds herself. After a tum
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Published January 26th 2010 by Listening Library (Audio) (first published January 1st 2001)
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Jessika
I loved historical fiction when I was younger. I've always read a lot, and I've always read a lot of different books. There are a couple of genres that I've never really been a fan of, but I've always been a non-discriminating reader. However. Historical fiction has always been an absolute favorite of mine. 9 times out of 10 as a kid, my nose was found in an American Girl book or a Dear America book. I hungrily read anything that could transport me to a time and place and situation other than my ...more
Carolynne
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Marklessgirl
Nov 24, 2015 Marklessgirl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
old:
I read this a long time ago like 10 years ago. so I really need to re-read it to truly rate it
updated:
I have now re read it and I loved it maybe even more then the first time I read it and now I badly want to read the sequels and we have one of trying them (now to see if I can find it). This book is crazy interesting and it really sucks you into the time period that it is set and you fall in love with the characters and love them like thay are real I did give this four stars but now I am giv
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Melissa T
Fun, delightful book. Not one that was life-changing or inspiring, but a quick, amusing read.

I read a few reviews saying it was racist. Ridiculous! Obviously those readers didn't get a chance to finish. The main character starts out top the frontier with decided views on the "savages" were like, but in the end realizes that all of that was wrong.

At the beginning of the novel, she has decided to go to finishing school to become a lady. This conversation between her and the teacher on the first d
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Zora
Mar 12, 2015 Zora rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a charming late middle-school/ early YA book. Jane's father, a surgeon, is raising her alone, and when she gets teased by neighborhood girls for her hoydenish ways, she works on becoming a lady. Some years later she travels to Oregon Territory to marry a fellow and has to adapt to the rough circumstances there. So her personal journey is from competence to incompetence (aka "being a lady") and back to competence. The historical details are interesting and convinced me the author did her res ...more
Amber
Jun 30, 2016 Amber rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
I tried very briefly. But. Look considering what the blurb on the back says I don't feel this is a spoiler at all. It makes NO SENSE. She's in friggen Philadelphia and she takes a ship. Daddy's all "OH CHOLERA IT'S TOO DANGEROUS" just so the author can put her on a ship. Because sailing Cape Horn was SO SAFE. What. How does that even make sense??? Plus overland would have taken half the time, thus less time for something bad to happen. Lazy lazy lazy illogical storytelling. On top of which did w ...more
Diana
While I do also like Jennifer L. Holm's "Our Only May Amelia", I have always preferred Miss Jane Peck's adventures. From the ridiculous (but based in historical fact) rules of Miss Hepplewhite, and the unfortunate morals of William Baldt, to the unconventional love of an unconventional father and the romanticized realism of Jesu Scudder, the story is insightful and entertaining.

As a young child I read historical fiction almost constantly, and this story has stayed with me because of its wonderfu
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Anastacia
I picked up this book to read for my nook from my local library, when I wanted something quick & fast to read. I didn't realize it's young adults (and considered middle school at that, which I don't normally read too much of) so the book was a lighter than I had planned, but overall was a great read.

Poor Jane - she falls in love with a man vastly unsuited for her, and from almost the very beginning of the book does everything she can to make him love her even more. Very true for its age, thi
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Renae
Jane Peck, has spent her whole teenhood trying to be the ideal lady. At 16, she leaves her comfortable Philadelphia life and travels to Washington Territory in order to marry a man she hasn't seen in three years. After a grueling voyage and the loss of her best friend, Jane arrives in Shoalwater bay and quickly finds that her years of etiquette lessons are no good. She tries to maintain her ladylike ways, but she must ask why she's following a set of rules that have no significance to frontier l ...more
Libby Ames
I was skeptical about this one, but was pleasantly surprised. It was one of those cases where I came home from the library with twelve books, because I couldn't decide what I really wanted to read. I continued to dither at home and Michael suggested I read them in alphabetical order. Boston Jane was the winner and, because I am dealing with a bad case of insomnia, I was up reading it for a good portion of the night. A four star book is one I can spend a sleepless night reading and not have adver ...more
Becca
May 20, 2013 Becca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I could hardly put it down! It reminded me, almost exactly, of True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, which I read recently. However, it had a bit more history because an important element to the plot was Native American relationships with the white men.
This story also contained a romantic plot, which was nice, but not the main draw for me. I particularly loved this story because of the message it sent about women. I was annoyed for half of the book because Jane was
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Margaret Chind
Nov 14, 2007 Margaret Chind rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2nd-grade, gr-u, ar-8
The first book that I read that I really enjoyed as a youth was The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi. It was a girls adventure in being something other than what she was expected and surviving across the sea and into the wild lands of the new Americas. When I saw this cover with a girl and a ship I was excited! It is a youth book, but even in my 20's I enjoyed this book. A girl ripped from her normal European Society life and thrust into life on a ship and then in the new Americas, her ...more
Kathleen Kirby Vallejo
The whole time I was reading this book it seemed SO familiar to me...I couldn't tell if it was because I'd already read it or because so many of the plot points/twists were similar to ones in other books. By the end I was 95% sure it was because I'd read it before, but even then, I don't remember what happens in the next 2, so I guess I'll be reading those next as well lol. It was a good book though, so I don't mind if it's my 2nd time through. Jane was a fun, spunky character and I really enjoy ...more
Angie
Feb 11, 2009 Angie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this series! I read Boston Jane to my students and the girls just absolutely loved it, the jury is still out on what the boys thought. It's a GREAT historical fiction piece with such a great LOVE STORY! I have been obsessed with the series and have stayed up late this week to finish all three books. It's a story of Jane who lives in Philadelphia and travels to the wild frontier of the Oregon Territory in search of a man. I loved the adventure and it really was a good page turner. The end ...more
Kate
Aug 31, 2016 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite book of all time! I basically grew up with it. It was the first book I bought for myself and I've read it more times than I can count. The last time I read it was actually a couple of months ago.
I'll always love Boston Jane and I'll never stop loving Jennifer L. Holm for writing it and making it such a huge part of my life.

Jane and Jehu will be in my heart forever. And Handsome Jim, too. And all the others.
Kathy
Apr 10, 2011 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, humor, romance
A girl who has spent her schooling learning all about proper manners heads west to meet her fiance. There she runs into the crudest of people and those manners that seemed so important weeks ago are useless as she is forced to get used to much more primitive conditions. Humor and a potential romance (but not with her fiance!)
KJ, Madame Librarian
I liked it! The messaging was not subtle. But it was not bad messaging. Men can't be trusted, some etiquette cannot be learned from a book, and when all else fails just butcher the whale.
Rachel
Sep 11, 2016 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a quick young read. I think Adele will enjoy it someday.
Kristel
I found Jane to be highly irritating throughout the book; her constant quest to be a lady in the midst of the wilderness was grating and her fixation on William was bizarre. However, she redeemed herself at the very end, so I'll give the next book a chance.
Carolyn
Decent book, but it felt unfinished at the end. The writing was clear, simple, and easy to read. Pleasant little story, but I wouldn't reread it. This is - apparently - the first of a series. Perhaps that's why it feels unfinished.
Sylvia McIvers
In 1846, the United States has never had a civil war, but it does have a Wild West.

Refined Philadelphia seems very far from the Wild West, but motherless Jane has no one to teach her manners. Her father is a surgeon who believes brains are meant to be used, and doesn’t teach his daughter to walk meekly, talk meekly, and especially not think meekly.

What an uncouth girl Jane is for her first decade!

When she is eleven, the snob down the block sends some verbal barbs deep into Jane’s skin, and she d
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Maria
Feb 16, 2015 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I normally don't like most historical fiction aside from Regency, but Boston Jane is definitely one of my all-time favorites. In fact, I'd go so far as to proclaim it as one of the best pieces of historical fiction written by a modern author that I've ever read.

The book is about tomboy-turned-proper-young-lady Miss Jane Peck, who leaves civilized Philadelphian society to marry one of her father's former pupils out in the wild Washington territory. After a miserable voyage, however, Jane is horri
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04LexieD
Oct 23, 2012 04LexieD rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-reviews
This book is intended for people interested in Young Adult novels. The main point in this story was that Jane was always trying to be a proper lady to impress William her fiancé. The book at the beginning of the story took place in Philadelphia, then on a boat called "The Lady Luck" and then on the frontier.

The main character in this book is very clearly Jane and the antagonist is her fiancé William. Even though William isn't necessarily the "bad guy" so to say but he is always causing trouble
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Lily  Fahs
This was a book I should have read when I was 12--in fact, this was exactly the sort of book that I was reading about that age anyhow. In fact, it's highly probably that I did read this around that age and have since forgotten about it. Growing up, almost everything we had in our house was historical fiction (perks of homeschooling), but it's been years since I've read any. I can't exactly say what inspired me to order this from the library, and I probably wouldn't have read it at all, except th ...more
Rachel
Mar 22, 2012 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed for www.compassbookratings.com

Boston Jane: An Adventure is the first book in an excellent three-part series. Teenage Jane longs to be prim and proper, but she doesn’t know the slightest thing about being a lady. After some humorous lessons at one of the finest finishing schools in Philadelphia, Jane excitedly sets out to prove she’s grown-up. Along her journey she finds much more than she bargained for, including adventure, mystery and romance.

Newbery Honor-winning author Holm once agai
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Audrey
Sigh.

I don't read middle school books that often. Even when I was in middle school, I was more into the mature YA. I don't know why, it just always seemed like the plot was watered down, and they seem toi afraid to be different. I mean, there's hardly ever any homosexual characters (Harry Pitter being the exception.)

Which brings up the question, why not? Kids shouldknow about gay people. With this sheltering, they aren't going to be the accepting people we (should) want them to be. It also does
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Ashley
Jan 14, 2017 Ashley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, fiction-ya
3.5 Stars

A few years back, I read Turtle in Paradise and fell in love. Now, I've discovered a new Jennifer L. Holm favorite.

Jane is a spunky, lovable teen. She stays true to herself, even if it means trying to wear petticoats and gloves in the woods. At times her stubborness got a little irritating, but it helped to develop her character. She's flawed but still lovable, and I loved seeing how her experiences shaped her.

The other characters were all fun and unique. I love the historical accura
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Bonnie
Sep 15, 2007 Bonnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of wilderness and girl power stories
This was a good read. It certainly fits the genre I've been reading lately.
It's about a girl in the 1850's named Jane, who is raised by a Widower father who pretty much lets her run wild, and of course she does. This continues until she meets a young man named William, who has feelings for her too, but wishes that she were more ladylike. To this end she attends Miss Hepplewhite's classes on how to become a lady, and then follows William to Washington Territory, where he has moved. When her ship
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Grace
Apr 14, 2015 Grace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Important Note: I love Jehu Scudder
Coming back to edit this review. I totally love this book, still, after sort of growing out of the designated age group for it. I guess it's just one of those book series that may be given an age group, but all ages enjoy it.
The characters in this series are awesome. Jane is so much fun, and very lovable, but also very faulty, which makes her three-dimensional. A lot of authors are hesitant to give their characters faults, but Holm was like "Screw it this girl
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Megan Franks
I decided to read this book because Jennifer Holm is going to be the guest speaker at a conference I will be attending soon. I'll be honest--I wasn't exactly thrilled when I picked up this book. But to my surprise, I found myself engrossed in the story

Set in America in the early 1800s, 16-year-old Jane is a freespirit raised by her doctor father to be a be an independent thinker. She suddenly becomes aware that she is not like the other girls thanks to her father's apprentice, William, who encou
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Jennifer L. Holm is a NEW YORK TIMES bestselling children's author and the recipient of three Newbery Honors for her novels OUR ONLY MAY AMELIA, PENNY FROM HEAVEN, and TURTLE IN PARADISE.

Jennifer collaborates with her brother, Matthew Holm, on two graphic novel series -- the Eisner Award-winning Babymouse series and the bestselling Squish series. She is also the author of several other highly pra
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“Miss Hepplewhite looked pained.

"Miss Peck," she said at last, "a young lady should never, ever, under any circumstances whatsoever, run. Should you find yourself in a situation where you are at risk, it is always preferable to faint.”
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